The Louisiana Purchase posed several significant moral dilemmas for President Thomas Jefferson. "This little event, of France 's possessing herself of Louisiana, is the embryo of a tornado which will burst on the countries on both sides of the Atlantic and involve in it 's effects their highest destinies." http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/louisiana-purchase President Thomas Jefferson had wrote this in 1802, in a letter to Pierre Samuel du Pont. In that letter it was reporting that Spain agreed to retrocede to France the vast territory of Louisiana. But that all changed when the United States was expanding to the west.
Napoleon Bonaparte is considered by many to be the most polarizing and influential figure of the 18th and 19th centuries. The influence of Napoleon was not also felt domestically in France, but also affected Europe as a continent. He instituted many reforms into France’s culture, such as the Napoleonic Code and advances to French education. These developments showed him to be both a liberal and a conservative during his tenure. Altogether, the advances made by Napoleon changed the course of European history, inspiring other European countries to fight for independence over tyranny, by appearing as a hero to some and a tyrant to others.
Napoleon Bonaparte is 19th century Europe's greatest opportunist because after a period of total governmental revolution, he was able to take advantage of a nation's citizens who were seeking a solution from any source. France was coming from an era so awful that it was appropriately named the “Reign of Terror”, so this was an extremely weak time for the country which made them desperate for a source of stability. Brilliantly, Napoleon recognized his nation's wants and needs in order to consolidate his power along with ultimately gain control over not only France but a massive portion of Europe. Napoleon consolidated his power by using his accomplishments, promising equality and liberty, and marrying for political alliances. Napoleon's
Napoleon was a French military leader who had crowned himself emperor, and quickly rose to power. While in Europe, Bolivar and Napoleon discussed their goals and ambitions. Napoleon expressed that he wanted to run a country that devoted itself to the highest ideals of liberty; equality, and fraternity. (Jacobs Williams p.18) Napoleon quickly realized that if he were to abandon his morals, he could conquer much more land and gain more power. As a result of Napoleon withdrawing his morals, Bolivar was concerned and so he returned to Europe to see for himself what damage had been done in Spain.
After the French Revolution, a Corsican artillery officer, named Napoleon Bonaparte, became the emperor of France in 1804. After playing a significant role in trying retake the French port of Toulon, occupied by the British, he was appointed general at the age of 26 in 1793. This marked the beginning of the Napoleonic Era, which would change the course of European history for centuries. However, despite claiming to be a strong supporter of the French Revolution, Napoleon mostly undermined the goals of the Revolution by violating the Declaration of the Rights of Man, insisting on returning to principles of the Old Regime in regards to women, the imposition of taxes and the re-establishment of the social elite. Nonetheless, Napoleon still supported the main goals of the Revolution by establishing the Civil Code and supporting the peasantry by lowering bread prices.
In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed, around the same time that Ohio became a state and Britain declared war on France in Europe (Document 4). A few years later in 1815, a clause was added to the constitution denying the purchase of new states without the approval of Congress. "No new state shall be admitted into the Union by Congress, in virtue of the power granted by the constitution, without the concurrence of two thirds of both houses..."(Document 5). This clause needed to be added so that in future situations when the chance to buy territory from other countries emerged, there was no way that the transaction could occur without going through Congress first. It is explicitly stated that a new state shall not be admitted into the union without Congressional approval and, therefore, does not allow for the future of Federalists and others who would advocate for implied powers to assume the authority to acquire new land.
On the 2 December 1804 was Napoleon di Buonaparte coroneted emperor over the empires he had created from dust and blood, the empire that stretched from the beaches of Corsica to the dunes of the Netherlands. Why did he create this huge empire and what was his goals and destiny that he had planned for it? Napoleon had a dream that he needed to fulfil. He wanted to build an empire out of Europe for the sake of unity and control, this dream was fuelled by his great knowledge of history. This knowledge of history can also be noted when analysing his military tactics and advancements.
Without Benjamin Franklin, America may not exist today. Benjamin Franklin was the most epic American considering that throughout the American Revolution Ben accomplished the most influential things. These things consisted of convincing the French to provide key supplies such as money, manpower, ships and experienced military leaders. Furthermore, he repealed the stamp act. Next, he signed the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war against Great Britain.
Congress stopped trading with France and any alliance they had with them and tripled the size of the army. The new navy fought back to France and America seized almost 90 ships, thus leading to the French Revolution and the Quasi War. After these battles with France, the Federalists were in charge of Congress. Democractic-Republicans did not want to follow federal laws and others called for secession. These events all led to the signing of the Alien and Sedition Acts (History 1).
Winning by a large margin, James Madison assumed the role of President on May 2nd, 1801, and served two terms with his first lady Dolley Madison until March 3rd, 1809. During his presidency, James Madison is best known for the War of 1812. The primary cause leading to the War of 1812, was the rising tension between America and Britain. America wanted to be a completely independent country whereas Britain wanted to rely on the revenue from America. This created much strife between the two nations.